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interested 03-31-2010 01:12 AM

Assurance of Support
 
Hello

My partner is an urban planner and is moving over to Australia - we are wanting to get married and then apply for the partner visa.

I am a journalist - and I have worked in PR and journalism for many years however I have not had regular employment for the last two years except for 6 months of full time work.

I am wondering, my partner has a degree in architecture and work in this field for the last 6 years and he has many other skills so he is very employable and has been working and not unemployed at all - I am wondering if an AOS will be required?

I know they assess each case by its merit. I have been on the single parent payment for a while. He and I are both professionals so I am not sure what type of risk they will assess us as. But I have not been able to get much work due to the economic downturn. He has been employed the last few years however, so surely he will look good to the government. (?)

I am wondering if anyone has any ideas about this.

Thanks so much for reading...and maybe providing some light or experience on the subject.
ta.

aussiegirl 03-31-2010 04:45 AM

Hi interested,

An AsO is only asked for when they think an applicant will be drain on Social Welfare. Now, obviouisly your spouse is highly skilled and employable, so DIAC would probably see that as a good sign he will not drain the system. Also, even if you haven't been employed much over the last 2 years, you are also still skilled and able to work, and if you havne't received any benefits from Centrelink in that time, they shouldn't see you as a risk either.

Anyway, the AsO requirement is ruled and judged by Centrelink, not DIAC, so look at the Centrelink site. It gives more detailed information and an idea of what they assess, but basically you need to show funds equal to over the threshold, which is based on the Newstart allowance. The link for the fact sheet is:

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/filestores/su594_0907/$file/su594_0907en.pdf

Don't forget, the sponsor doesn't always have to give an AoS. Freinds or family, or even an employer can give one, and up to 3 people can give a joint one as well, so don't get too nervous about not being able to give one alone.
Hope this puts you at ease :)

interested 03-31-2010 05:39 AM

I have received benefits from centrelink - in the last two years...so is that going to be bad for us?



Quote:

Originally Posted by aussiegirl (Post 12814)
Hi interested,

An AsO is only asked for when they think an applicant will be drain on Social Welfare. Now, obviouisly your spouse is highly skilled and employable, so DIAC would probably see that as a good sign he will not drain the system. Also, even if you haven't been employed much over the last 2 years, you are also still skilled and able to work, and if you havne't received any benefits from Centrelink in that time, they shouldn't see you as a risk either.

Anyway, the AsO requirement is ruled and judged by Centrelink, not DIAC, so look at the Centrelink site. It gives more detailed information and an idea of what they assess, but basically you need to show funds equal to over the threshold, which is based on the Newstart allowance. The link for the fact sheet is:

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/filestores/su594_0907/$file/su594_0907en.pdf

Don't forget, the sponsor doesn't always have to give an AoS. Freinds or family, or even an employer can give one, and up to 3 people can give a joint one as well, so don't get too nervous about not being able to give one alone.
Hope this puts you at ease :)


interested 03-31-2010 06:37 AM

DIAC determines whether they need an AOS and then centrelink assesses it.

We are both professional people so we would not be a drain on the system, I was just wondering if anyone has had an experience with this, and didn't get asked for an aos...sometimes people don't get asked.

Thanks so much aussie girl for your answer!

:)

aussiegirl 04-01-2010 08:21 AM

Hey again,

If you were paid the full amount of the benefits you got, it would be a probelm. But if you got part payments, it may be alright.

I've been pouring over DIAC related info. a lot recently, so it all seems to blend into one, so sorry if I pass out any inaccurate advice :)

interested 04-01-2010 11:32 PM

That's fine, aussie girl...I have done so much reading its drives you crazy!!! haha.

Thanks for your help, though.
It's appreciated.
:)


Quote:

Originally Posted by aussiegirl (Post 12835)
Hey again,

If you were paid the full amount of the benefits you got, it would be a probelm. But if you got part payments, it may be alright.

I've been pouring over DIAC related info. a lot recently, so it all seems to blend into one, so sorry if I pass out any inaccurate advice :)


UKRop 04-02-2010 09:24 AM

Hi.
Looking at this issue (which could concern me either) and trying figure it out the only thing pissing me off is that I could not find out what exactly benefits could be paid a partner issued provisional first stage visa.
The Social Welfare could be used by new immigrant after 2 years of living. So what they (Centrelink) talking about? Please explain me.

interested 04-02-2010 01:57 PM

Yeah I know. I don't think a partner can claim anything until the two years is finished anyway. That has always puzzled me as well!! Its weird.

How can you incur a debt when you are not entitled to receive centrelink benefits?

I have wondered the same thing. Does anyone know?
:)


Quote:

Originally Posted by UKRop (Post 12853)
Hi.
Looking at this issue (which could concern me either) and trying figure it out the only thing pissing me off is that I could not find out what exactly benefits could be paid a partner issued provisional first stage visa.
The Social Welfare could be used by new immigrant after 2 years of living. So what they (Centrelink) talking about? Please explain me.


anais 04-19-2010 05:23 PM

My australian partner has been ill for more than 2 years and he only had a part time job so I'm sure that DIAC is going to ask for Aos in our case.

Do you know if this means that we have to wait much longer than average processing time?

I already have 2 people in Australia who are willing to be my sponsors which could help to speed a processing time I guess...:confused:

aussiegirl 04-20-2010 06:34 AM

Hi again anais :)

The processing time they give you at first is just a rough estimate according to the amount of current applications they have AND considering your application is 'decsiion ready' i.e. complete and no other documents required. Now, every case is unique, so if they request more things of you, such as an AoS, this could indeed make the processing time longer.

It's good that you already have 2 people waiting ready to help with the AoS. Just make sure they have read the information and are aware of their responisibilites as assurers. Maybe get them to fill out the forms now without signing and dating them yet in case you are asked for one :)


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